Thursday, October 4, 2012


Twenty eleven has come and gone and 2012 has settled in so that means the ushering in of new (or not so new) jewelry trends!  With the Fall season upon us, this edition of Splendor Sidebar lets you in on some of the top jewelry trends for the Fall season along with great designer jewelry pieces from Etsy and Amazon.  

Natural Pink Mussel Shell Earrings by CindyLouWho2 (left);
24K Rose Gold Plated Bronze Hoop Earrings by Vita Fede (right)

Neutral hues in the guise of white and creamy colored pearl strand necklaces and trinkets made with 18-karat rose gold (a carryover from Spring 2011) as well as the muted or achromatic tones of shell earrings get things off to a great start.

Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada Etsy jewelry shop CindyLouWho2 highlights “natural abalone shell jewelry, and paua shells” as well as “freshwater pearl jewelry.”

Also keeping in step with the neutral trend is the delicate 24K Rose Gold Plated Hoop Earringsfrom Japanese-American jewelry designer Cynthia Sakai’s brand Vita FedeVita Fede is touted as a brand that implements “a modern blend of creative uses of metal with contemporary design aesthetics.”  

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Edgy and sexy snakeskin or leopard prints coupled with the delicate semblances of roses and of course leaves, are a sampling of the nature-inspired designs you will see during the Fall season.

Leopard Print Enamel Covered Brass Pendant Necklace by Joanna Laura Constantine (left);
Black & White Spotted Lizard Leather Cuff Bracelet by UNEARTHED (right)
L.A.-based jewelry design team Karen and Gina Koenig’s five-year-old (and affordable) brand, UNEARTHED, highlights flamboyant cuff bracelet designs made from hand selected authentic leathers including stingray, lizard and alligator.  The brand boasts that “each item transcends its designed purpose and function to stand as a powerful statement of elegance and unrestrained beauty.”

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New York-based designer Joanna Laura Constantine offers her take on this trend with a sleek Leopard Print Disc Drop Necklace, leopard print bangle bracelets and rings, as well as butterfly necklaces.  Incredible statement pieces round out her fabulous collection of designs that draw inspiration from her Lebanese upbringing.


Last but not least like rose gold vintage-inspired jewelry makes a return this year with pendant necklaces that suspend beautiful cameos, ornate cocktail rings featuring large gemstones or crystals, or bejeweled cuff bracelets that highlight floral motifs.

Based in Indiana the designer for TheLocketBox, Misty, creates a beautiful collection of jewelry inspired by baubles from yesteryear.  “The jewelry you will find in my shop is vintage inspired pieces personally crafted by me in my home just outside of Indianapolis.

I sometimes will use vintage or reclaimed components in my creations.  I love getting my hands on pre-loved pieces I can incorporate into new ones.  My style is simple and classic with a vintage flair.”

Las Vegas-based designer Sisi Amber’s collection of jewelry include takes on ancient keys, crest-medallions, and signet rings.  The former fashion designer incorporates Swarovski Crystals, leather and brass plating in her handmade designs “to create a unique look that is both classy and trendy.”

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Brass Crest-Medallion Necklace by Sisi Amber (left);
Vintage Copper Heart Shaped Locket by TheLocketBox (right)
That wraps up this edition of Splendor Sidebar and the scoop on some of the top jewelry trends for Fall 2012.
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